So I said that I would be blogging each day about things I am thankful for….Well I am thankful I did not blog yesterday. Because not blogging yesterday is due to the fact that after dinner Phil and I spent about 3 hours lying in bed talking, cuddling, and doing devotions together before going to bed early. It was wonderful, and I am very thankful for the time I got to spend with my best friend. If I missed your call, I plan on calling you back this morning.
But on to what I planned to write about yesterday. Something that I have grown increasingly thankful for this Fall…
In the midst of my strange respiratory problems that banned me from running for about two months I turned back to yoga. I had not regularly done a class since my first year of grad school, and am incredibly happy I finally found my way back to it. There are so many things about yoga that simply jive with my personality and beliefs.
Practicing yoga takes out so many of the negatives that are so easy during other sports. It is NEVER a competition. You are taught to respect your own body and honor it by not comparing it with others, or pushing it beyond what is comfortable. I love how nurturing and supportive most yoga teachers are. In my classes there is almost always an older man or woman who has to stop frequently and rest. The teachers not only come over and check on them, but then praise them for listening to their bodies.
I love the pace of yoga. Matching each movement with a breath (even if have not mastered it yet…ha), creates such a wonderful flow. I love how it stretches me out and makes me breath deeper. I love that the lights are usually turned off and that soft music plays throughout the class. I love that you spend the last 8 to 10 minutes lying in rest. Rest that is so good I have been known to fall asleep. I haven’t fallen asleep lately, but have enjoyed a few quiet snores from those around me.
It is a busy world. It can be a stressful world. Yoga is one of several important ways of balancing this out for me. When I am there I put the stresses of my job and life aside and dedicate that time to being peaceful. We are told to pick a thought and meditate on it. I usually meditate on some aspect of God, and it really does not get any better than that.
I say all of this, to say, I sure am thankful for yoga. It has been very good for my health and mental health over the past month. I am also thankful that it is something that I get to share with people I care about. Saturday morning classes are often the only time throughout the week that I get to see my precious friend Allison, and they are something that Phil and I have started to do together. When my friend Becca returns in less than a week (!!!!!!!), it is probably something we’ll do together as well.
It is all wonderful, and I am thankful for all of it.
If you feel inclined to join me, please do. I can be found in the Chester YMCA studio about twice a week.
Have a blessed and peaceful day friends.